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Parent's Page is SBGR Parent Newsletter about Early Learning. Issues are posted monthly.

photo Mar-Apr K-readiness articleAlthough the 2014-2015 school year is still several months away, local elementary schools are beginning to register children for Kindergarten. Any child who will be five years old by September 30, 2014 is able to enroll for Kindergarten this next fall. But being old enough isn’t always the same thing as being ready.

MP900402587From the time a baby is born, a child’s brain begins learning important skills that are needed for future school success. These skills are best learned through active play experiences. Parents can help maximize early learning by choosing toys that encourage active participation and higher level thinking.

But what kinds of toys are best to help develop school readiness skills?  Smart Beginnings has great suggestions for toys that are not only fun, but will help your child be ready for school and ready for life!

abcsAlphabet recognition is an important skill for early reading & writing development.   It involves being able to recognize beginning letters in familiar words, distinguish between lowercase and capital letters and recognize the relationship between letters, sounds and words.

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"Successful third grade reading strategies do not begin in elementary school; reading proficiency is the culmination of a variety of experiences and skill building beginning in the earliest years of a child's life."

Kathy Glazer, President of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

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The United Way of Roanoke Valley serves as the fiscal agent for Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke.

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